This is an ‘Olde Curiosity Shoppe’ I made with a little help from Tim, Graphic 45 and Twiddleybitz. It was a work in progess for a while but i was happy with the end result ;-)


Ole Curiosity Shoppe

My Twiddleybitz Shadow Box

The products I used were:

  • Twiddleybitz – SBP003-Shadow Box, BAS018-Picket Fence, GAT002-Gate, GAT010-Paris Lamp Post Fence, LP002-Triple Lamp Post, NP001-Name Plate, MDF02-Chair and I couldn’t fint the code for the table and bird cage. I also used their brick stencil.
  • Graphic 45 – Olde Curiosity Shoppe papers-Olde Curiosity Shoppe, Apothecary, Parlor Wall, Butterfly Specifics, Optical Oddities, When Pigs Fly.

Tim Holtz – Foundations Metal Feet, Corked Vials, Clock Keys, Light Bulbs, Tissue Paper

Other: Crystalina Stickles, Vellum, Glossy Accents, Texture Paste, Gel Medium, Napkin and Glue, Metal Rub, Beads, Brads, Making Memories and Kaisercraft Paint, Doily, 2 small metal frames, assorted flowers and leaves, paper covered florist wire.


Steps and Techniques:

  • The background:
    • put the shadow box together – so easy, everything fits perfectly with Twiddleybitz
    • tear the tissue paper and applying to the shadow box using gel medium as an adhesive
    • use the brick stencil to paint bricks onto the front and sides of the shadow box and then colour some texture paste with paint to give some dimensional bricks
    • use a napkin with a vine pattern and/or flowers on it to add another layer for the frame and give the impression of a vine growing up the brickwork – separate the top layer of the napkin and tear off the pieces you want, lay them on your project and ‘paint’ on with napkin glue (watered down mod podge works just as well if you have that at home)

      Close Up of the Twiddleybitz Table and Chair.

  • the furniture:
    • next constructed the table, chair and cabinet (GAT002-gate) and paint them. I also used sandpaper to distress each of the pieces.

    Close Up of the Detail in the Cabinet

    • I padded the seat of the chair with a piece of quilting fabric that matched ‘Olde Curiosity Shoppe’ perfectly and ran a line of beads around the edge as a finish.
    • For the table i collected a few items – vial with beads, cup and saucer (FUR008), a snippet from a doily, a shell and starfish.
    • For the rear of the cupboard, cut a piece from ‘Olde Curiosity Shoppe’ paper and add some dimensional details – glossy accents, stickles, layers of papers with dimensional adhesive and butterflies flying from the draw up to the outside of the shadow box.
    • paint the fence and then distressed with sandpaper. A bit of trimming then gives it a run down appearance
    • the lamp – paint and when dry rub with gold metal rub. Line the lamps with amber vellum and fill each section with glossy accents
    • the bird cage – rub with metal rub and roll over a rolling pin or other cylinder to give a curved shape
    • the chandelier – use the table (upside down) and light from FUR008 to form the chandelier. Rub with gold rub and silver for the lights


  • the roof
    • make a pattern for the roof and assemble - used paper hinges on the inside of the chipboard to keep it together
    • colour texture paste to the colour of slate and layer on roof - I used my brush to get the impression of tiles – a down stroke and lift up quickly with a round brush - I should have bought the shingles stencil from Twiddleybitz, it would have been a lot easier grrrr. Then lightly paint over with brown to give dimension and show the texture of your tiles

      Close Up of the Roof of the Twiddleybitz Shadow Box

    • paint the name plate and rub with metal rub
    • cut out the ‘Olde Curiosity Shoppe’ title and distress – i also added a flying pig (as you do!)
    • for the wrought iron, use the top of the GAT010 and lace – paint both cream


  • assemble the project-
    • wall paper the back of the shop with the reverse of ‘Parlor Wall’
    • cut a picture for the 2 metal frames and fill with glossy accents
    • arrange the interior elements of the shop and adhere
    • arrange the flowers, florist wire, fence and birdcage and adhere
    • fill 3 vials with – brads, cotton and a leg (cut from the papers)
    • adhere the lamp post and the vials in front
    • adhere the metal feet

Please leave me links to your ‘off the page’ projects in the comments – i’d love to see them!


K xoxo


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